Minimum Qualifications

We have a variety of openings and each has its own requirements. But these are the minimum qualifications for a new Salinas Police Officer:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application
  • Have a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Have a high School diploma or GED
  • Be at least 20½ at time of application and 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • Be able to pass the medical/fitness test, a thorough background check a polygraph examination, a psychological evaluation, and a drug & alcohol screening test.

Learn more here.

 

Question of the Day

What should I do if I see a strange person or car loitering in my neighborhood?
 
Having residents report strange, suspicious or out of place activity their neighborhoods is essential to locating identifying and stopping criminal activity. There may be a reasonable and legal explanation for the person's presence and actions. However, if the person's actions are enough to raise your suspicion there is probably a good reason to take further action.

There are several things that you can do to help us in these cases. The most important thing to remember is to not put yourself at danger by...

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